Hope Dies Last : Making a Difference in an Indifferent World, Paperback

Hope Dies Last : Making a Difference in an Indifferent World Paperback

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For Terkel, hope is born of activism, engagement, and a stubborn determination to improve the world.

In Hope Dies Last, he talks with a wide range of politically-engaged Americans, musing on fundamental questions: where does hope spring from?

How can it sustain us? How does one instil it in others? As well as talking to well-known figures, including Paul Tibbets (pilot of the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), Sixties activist Tom Hayden and economist John Kenneth Galbraith, Terkel talks to ordinary citizens, such as a death-row inmate pardoned after serving nearly 20 years for a crime he did not commit and a schoolteacher in a tough inner-city high school.

Throughout, he encourages these fascinating people to speak passionately on their life's work.

Hope Dies Last is a celebration of hope in troubled times, an inspiring book about political engagement in the face of indifference.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9781862077775



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I had quite high hopes for this book but I found it quite disappointing. Perhaps given Terkel's age I should have expected it, but I wasn't particularly interested in listening to the stories of so many people in their 80s or 90s. I was hoping for something a bit more contemporary and not recollections of the 1930s depression!There were *some* good tales in here but ultimately I found much of the book relatively uninteresting and repetitive. Just not what I was hoping for!

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A man with a gift for asking the right questions and getting inspiring answers

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